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Living In: Piper City, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Needlepoint, Gardening, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I started cooking when I was 14, worked in a local restaurant as a dishwasher, moved into a cooking position at the age of 17 and have been cooking for the better part of my life, usually for my children(3), husband and grandchildren(3). When I'm not cooking, my husband is also an excellent chef. He has taught me a great deal about various spices, Asian cooking, and stir fry. When my children were born, I decided I wanted to do more with my talents and spend less money on birthday cakes so I invested in a Wilton course and expanded my horizons with cake decorating.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy preparing both small and large meals, as well as, desserts, cookies, cakes, et cetera. However, I would have to say my favorite thing to cook would be brownies. Not only are they the easiest thing I have found to prepare; they are also the best thing to see, I am definitely a chocaholic and deep, dark chocolate has got to be the best!!! At least that is the opinion of this chocaholic!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family favorites would be our Family Christmas Dinner. I have often thought that we need to design a cookbook just for our family, but no one else seems to think it would sell!! Who cares! I want it for prosperity!! My sister does a mean homemade noodles and cinnamon roll that nobody can touch. My mother's cherry dessert is out of this world. I personally use her candied yam recipe, but it sure doesn't taste or look like hers and everybody raves about it(they don't know that it is her recipe, of course)! I could go on, but there isn't enough room and besides, you get the picture!!
My cooking triumphs
My triumphs would have to be the wedding cakes that I have done for my nieces wedding presents. Not only did I save them money, but they received a gift from the heart that no one else could give them. Of course, it was gone overnight, but they have pictures that they can look at whenever they want.
My cooking tragedies
My cooking tragedy would have to be the green beans that I absolutely could not make for the first 2 years after I got married. Every time I tried to cook green beans, no matter how I tried to make them, I would burn the pots black. I can't tell you the number of pans we had to replace that first 2 years of marriage. Until I started using the 1 pot that my husband had before we got married. That pot would get burned, make no mistake, but at least we didn't have to throw it away!!! He was able to scrub it clean! Then for some reason after about 2 years, I was again able to cook my green beans without burning the pots. It was the freakiest thing!!! Now I don't burn our food anymore!! Thank goodness!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Cheesecake Topped Brownies
Fabulous!!! Two of my favortie desserts wrapped up in one package! I was in heaven. I haven't meet a chocolate I didn't like and cheesecake is the second best thing ever created in my opinion, so when you put these two together; how could you possibly go wrong!??!! The only thing I would do any differently is to omit the frosting as this makes it too rich for some people. Not me, of course, but my husband scraped the frosting off and ate it separate. Then went back later and ate the cheescake topped brownie. Can't let anything go to waste, just didn't want it all at the same time, don't ya know!!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2006
Chocolate Cereal Puffs
This recipe is similar to one that I have made for years, but due to health issues I am unable to make this favorite any longer. My son has proclaimed that these have passed the test!! He wrapped up better than half the batch and took them home with him Christmas day!!! Personally, I feel that the recipe doesn't make quite as many as mine, but this recipe is easier to handle. The flavor is almost identical to the one I was using with less work and expense which is always good in my opinion. Overall, this is a keeper and will be on my list of Christmas candy in the future.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2006
Peanut Butter Fudge III
Easy to make. Wonderful peanut butter flavor without overpowering, but not sickening sweet!! Doesn't get hard and crystalize like a lot of fudge does. Will definitely make this again.

37 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2006

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